I have to admit to a little blog crush on http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/
Seriously. Go and watch her little video tutorial on how to shir fabric (like smocking). I had a "laaaaaaa!" singing moment by the time she got to the spritzing and ironing and the fabric magically...well...shirred.
Her sweet giveaways aside, she makes "frocks by Friday," does regular tutorials, and somehow manages to take photographs of all of it, even while raising a family (I gather her mum is nearby to help with the kids, which is awesome--go Kathleen's mum!). She also posts pictures of her blog followers' finished garments from the frocks by Friday, which must really give sewers a charge. It's good fun, and useful at the same time. I am amazed by the regularity and helpfulness of her blogworld.
Kathleen Frances and I resemble one another a bit, which makes it extra intriguing. She's also self-taught on the sewing machine, and admits to her own continued learning. I feel a kinship with this person, even as I admire her mad skills.
So, thanks to whomever pointed me in Grosgrain's direction--I can't even remember how I got there, which is the funny part. Someone else's blog, I'm sure. Isn't that always the way?